Aish Kodesh 05/13/10 Parsha Bamidbar, Rabbi Henoch Dov Hoffman
Topics Sepherot in the body and compus
, King David
, scape goat
May 12, 2010, Aish Kodesh class, Bamidbar, Rabbi Henoch Dov Hoffman
There is a big backwash to all persecution, starting with 210 years of slavery. King David suffered from these kinds of effects. Psalm 69.
Chesed is the south, warm
Gevurah is the North, hidden
Teferet is the East, balanced
Netzach is up, shmayim
Hod is down, earth
Yesod is west, confusion
Malchut: whole body, inside the box
WHAT WAS THE DISCIPLINE IN THE LIFE OF KING DAVID? (Gevurah of Malchut)
1. He did not make any role his identity; he combined the hunter and the scholar.
2.Telling the prophet Natan I have sinned. The story of the Blasphemer, JC and King David have common elements: they were rejected because of the maternity problems, misidentity.
3.King David is from Moab, the daughter of Lot.
4.Ruth was the great-grandmother of King David. The prohibition of engaging in sex while drunk comes from this story
This whole period is called HOD, the fifth of the 50-day period. Rosh HaShanah starts chesed.
G*d created the world with love. Gevurah is north, going into winter.
We want to bring yesod up and bring balance (Teferet) into the kishkes.
Nitzevet Bat Edel was the name of the mother of King David. Ishai, the father of King David, was an example of someone who is too careful to observe the mitzvote.
Providing food and drink to wayfarers is a common theme. Moab refused to provide for the Israelites. Because only the Moab men participated in this stingy event, Boaz held that the prohibition of marrying a Moabite extended only to the Moab men and not the women. Boaz was going to prove his point by marrying Ruth, but he died on his wedding night, which produced an ambivalent result. Ruth gave birth to Oved, the father if Ishai. Ishai became filled with doubts about his status as a Jew and separated from his wife, and later took up with a Canaanite maidservant, which is permitted to a mamzer.
Recognition: there is a resonance in this story, in which Nitzevet unbeknownst to her husband changed places with the Canaanite maidservant, the exchange which was made by Rachel and Leah, and the deception which Tamar practiced on Yehuda. Because of these stories, a groom is supposed to identify his kallah by looking past the body into her essence.
Ishai had too much gevurah. Too much gevurah leads to murder. When we try so hard to be perfect we end up projecting our dark side out.
Tamar, Ruth and Netzevet are ancestors of Meshiach. Meshiach is a process, not a person.
King David was the scapegoat of the family. He was called a thief and had to repay what he had not taken in the first place. This is the story of the Jewish people.
Aggadita meaans to pull out from the heart.
Nove was the town of Kohanes. When David was fleeing from King Saul, he and his men took refuge in this town but neglected to tell them that King Saul was now his enemy. King Saul took revenge for their hospitality by killing everyone in the town. King Saul died because of this and Jonathan died prematurely because he had not given David enough food for the road. Because of his part in the tragedy, King David was given the choice between suffering the penalty or putting it on his children. It is a big gevurah to realize that our sins do go on to our children and to let it be and not try to fix it for them.
BOOKS ARE READ ON CERTAIN HOLY DAYS:
Sukkot: Kohelet, Ecclesiastes
Purim: Book of Esther
Pesach: Song of Songs (we are lame, stigma, slaves)
Shavuos: Book of Ruth
Tisha BâAv: Book of Job
Ai ye chah: where are you? This was first asked in Gan Eden. Who are you beyond the roller coaster ride? What is your essence? Who are you beyond the hell created by the Nazis. Have an essence of substances beyond your circumstance. This is a hotel metaphor. If G*d loves me what is this huge force of anti-Semitism that comes up to crush us?
SACRED FIRE PAGE 95
Longing is an important part of Jewish marriage as seen in the practice of Nidah. Eyen Lammed, ally: upon me should be longing is for me not on me. John Steinbeck studied Hebrew just to write East of Eden. He put it in a wooden box.
Its longing is for you is from G*d speaking to Cain. Sin crouches at the door. Scapegoating. G*d says that he should do better next time.
Aish Kodesh compares this to the longing of G*d in the Song of Songs. The yetzer Hara is longing for Cain (for us). There is a love affair between Cain and shame/blame; G*d and Israel. Adam scapegoated his wife when he said: The woman YOU gave me- This is the darkest part of choice. A victim feels like he has no choices. Children who are supported change out of love and joy, not out of guilt. Cain says you love Abel best and G*d says to Cain: you are too busy for me.
This is gap learning, boot camp for Bina.
We have been longing and preparing for Shavuos for 49 days. G*d exists only by invitation. We ask G*d to dinner every Friday night. The mitzvote we do turn on the heavenly lights. The Tzimtzum was as if G*d died when the world was created. We have the opportunity to become bigger through the love.
How do we prepare to receive the Torah Tuesday night?
1. See what is set before me as coming from G*d.
2. Count the omer, turn off the news.
3. Be mindful of our limitations.
4. Reconcile with people and make a plan. Read Samuel and the Mishna.
[TRF: G*d is also crouching at the door. Do we open the door?]
Rabbi Henoch Dov teaches in Denver, Colorado. You can contact him through his web page, www.RabbiHenochDov.com or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.